Homemade Spiced Wine
Are you ready? It’s almost time for the crazy holiday rush! Normally during the holidays we're running around like a frantic mess BUT not this year. This year is the year of relaxing and spiced wine. That’s right. Instead of freaking out about how everything that needs to get done we're going to relax. Well, we're going to relax and sip on some homemade spiced wine. If you’ve never had spiced wine before you should know it’s crazy easy. Like, so easy you’ll be thinking to yourself “why have I not been making this my whole life?!”
This version is pretty simple and pulls in a lot of flavors from whole spices and fresh fruit. But the best thing about spiced wine is that you can really throw in just about any flavors you love. We used a dry red wine and then sweetened it up a bit by throwing in fresh apple cider, (hello fall!) orange juice and lots of fresh sliced apples and oranges. Since it’s spiced wine, we were also sure to add in lots of dried cinnamon sticks and star anise. You know, to bring in that whole spiced aspect.
Now, since we were just making a batch of this for a few friends, we opted to use the American Kitchen 6-quart Premium Stainless Steel Stock Pot. It’s big enough to make a nice sized batch spiced wine (or soup!) but not so big it looks like you’re about to feed an army. They stay cool while you’re cooking and that is a huge plus for something like spiced wine. Mostly because you keep it simmering on low to stay warm so you don’t want a pot that is so hot you can’t touch after a few hour. You know?
Oh and don’t feel like this recipe is written in stone. You can really throw in any fall inspired fruits that you think would work in this wine. We've have used pears, clementines and even pomegranates seeds. We love adding fresh cranberries because we love the little hit of tart it brings to the wine and they are pretty. We know, we're suckers for things that just look pretty. While you could eat the cranberries, we might skip that part though. If you’ve never had a raw cranberry before you should know they are very tart so it’s best you use them as a cute little garnish.
Ok, now that you have seen this recipe we think it’s time you start making your holiday menu and include this recipe. It’s guaranteed to impress!
Homemade spiced wine
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Yield: 6 servings
2 bottles of dry or semi sweet red wine
1/2 cup apple cider
½ cup orange juice
6 whole cloves
5 whole star anise
3 whole cinnamon sticks
1 cup fresh cranberries
2 oranges, sliced
2 apples, sliced
1. In your 6-quart pot add wine, apple cider, orange juice, cloves, star anise and cinnamon sticks. Simmer gently for about an hour.
2. Turn down the heat to low (to keep it warm) and add in fresh cranberries, orange slices and apple slices. Keep warm and serve warm.
Note: if you would like a sweeter spiced wine you can add up to ½ cup brown sugar per batch.
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